Google is ad-attacking me with BB Dakota clothing. I’m sorry to say it is working. I want the blue dress shown below…and have added it to my list of ‘Sale Stalking’ items.
But I know from purchasing off of AliExpress and from years of sale-hunting that everything appears to be 40-50% overpriced on the website. $88+ tax….for that dress? No honey. It’s crepe/polyester. It’s a super easy piece to create. I’m looking to get this dress for under $50 including tax. Another point of note is that on the Instagram page everyone looks a bit ‘unkempt’ and wrinkly so the fabrics are not high-quality.
But since Google has spammed me non-stop with ads…I have spent some time making a list of my favorite pieces. Enjoy the pretty, but wait for the sale! Remember, clothing options are unlimited, you pay what you WANT to pay.
We went on a road trip from Southern California to Zion National Park. It was amazing! It only takes 2 full days to see most of Zion (the non-scary hikes), which is nice because you can keep heading up to Bryce Canyon and Monument Valley. We hit up Bryce Canyon but it was snowing pretty heavily (see instagram) so we didn’t see much.
Vi tog en biltur fra sydlige Californien til Zion National Park. Det var fantastisk! Det tager kun 2 hele dage at se de fleste af Zion (de ikke-skræmmende vandreture), hvilket er godt, fordi du kan fortsætte op til Bryce Canyon og Monument Valley. Vi så Bryce Canyon, men det snoede temmelig tungt (se instagram), så vi så ikke meget.
In Zion, we did all of the hikes that did not involve heights…which means no Angel’s Landing. We saw deer, waterfalls, and avalanches. The avalanches occurred high up on the mountains and sounded like thunder echoing through the entire valley. There were no crowds in winter when we went and the weather was adequate (some rain, but not bad.)
I Zion gjorde vi alle de vandreture, der ikke involverede højder … hvilket betyder ingen Angel’s Landing. Vi så rådyr, vandfald og laviner. Lavinerne skete højt op på bjergene og lød som torden ekko gennem hele dalen. Der var ingen folkemængder om vinteren, da vi gik og vejret var tilstrækkeligt (lidt regn, men ikke dårligt.)
The one hike we didn’t get to do is ‘The Narrows’ which is on the list for next time. If you live in Socal, visiting Zion is a must. The drive was not that bad! We did L.A. to Vegas, and Vegas to Zion.
Den ene vandring vi ikke fik at gøre er ‘The Narrows’, som er på listen til næste gang. Hvis du bor i Socal, er besøget Zion et must. Drevet var ikke så slemt! Vi gjorde L.A. til Vegas og Vegas til Zion.
My wardrobe on the trip was from Ann Taylor Loft. The marled sweater is wonderful and still available, also in cardigan form. The top is cute and sold out, but Loft always has a great selection of cute tops. I prefer v-neck because of my long face. I love being able to wear cute, inexpensive clothes on trips. It makes me feel fresh and happy!
Min garderobe på turen var fra Ann Taylor Loft. Den marlede trøje er vidunderlig og stadig tilgængelig, også i cardigan form. Toppen er sød og udsolgt, men Loft har altid et stort udvalg af søde toppe. Jeg foretrækker v-hals på grund af mit lange ansigt. Jeg elsker at kunne have søde, billige tøj på ture. Det får mig til at føle mig frisk og glad!
I’m buying the brown leather sling-back ‘Up-High‘ right now. I want to get the ‘Birdwatcher‘ heeled mules in white, and the more I look at the cute little ‘Downtime‘ flats with the gingham print the more I want them! Aerosoles has never disappointed me, I trust them to provide me with comfortable shoes. I own a pair of white heeled sandals that I wear with dresses all time time in the summer. So this is my Wensday Wants…an Aerosoles hopping Spree!
Hvis du bor i Danmark, kan du bestille Aerosoles sko fra deres hjemmeside og derefter sende skoene via shopusa.com or myus.com.
Nick and I spent a lovely Sunday in Julian, a small town in Southern California near San Diego. It’s such a nice day trip for those of you who are from SoCal! Nick’s favorite part of the trip was driving the truck along the windy roads. There were hundreds of bikers out that day, doing the same thing. Riding a motorcycle along a windy road must be pretty fun.
Nick og jeg gik til Julian på Sondag. Julian er en smuk by i Syd Californien tæt på San Diego. Det er en fantastisk dagstur hvis du er i Californien
på ferie. Nick’s foretrukne ting om den rejse, var at køre i sin lastbil langs den krumme vej. Der var hundredvis af motorcykler på vejen.Ridning af en motorcykel langs en svinget vej skal være ret sjov.
We did the following in Julian and had a blast:
- Visited Julian Pie Company
- Went for a wine tasting at Volcan Mountain Winery
- Looked at antiques and had a hard cider tasting at Julian Station
We ended the day with dinner and gambling at Barona Casino, which is nearby. The food is super cheap at the Casino because they want you to lose all your money in the slot machines…which you will…but you’ll have fun in the meantime!
Vi sluttede dagen med middag og gambling på Barona Casino, som ligger i nærheden. Maden er super billig på Casino fordi de vil have dig til at miste alle dine penge i slotmaskinerne … som du vil … men du vil have det sjovt i mellemtiden!
Det rejner i Mojave ørken, når Nick og jeg kørte igennem på vej til Vegas. Det var meget rart at have regn.
I am so grateful that I got to go on an Ann Taylor Loft shopping spree earlier this year before we went on our road trip to Utah. I went to the Ann Taylor store at Irvine Spectrum here in California. The girls were so wonderful! Nick dropped me off at the store and left me there for close to 5 hours. They had a nice petite section, and I tried on everything. The girls working there were very amused that I was there for so long. By the time I left, every girl knew my name. Nick thought that was hysterical, and was very amused when everyone said ‘Bye Christine’ when we left.
I was able to buy an entirely new wardrobe for the trip, at amazing prices. I spent $250 in total at Ann Taylor Loft. I cannot recommend this cardigan sweater enough, I loved the sweater so much I bought 2! It’s sold out in cream, but available in all sizes in blue. Buy it, best purchase of 2019 so far!
I also bought two pairs of Ann Taylor Loft Curvy jeans size 27, wonderful jeans for a fraction of the price!
Jeg er så taknemmelig, at jeg skal gå til en Ann Taylor loft shopping spree tidligere i år, før vi gik på vores biltur til Utah. Jeg gik til Ann Taylor-butikken i Irvine Spectrum her i Californien. Pigerne var så vidunderlige! Nick faldt mig i butikken og forlod mig der i tæt på 5 timer. De havde en dejlig petit sektion, og jeg forsøgte alt. Pigerne der arbejdede der var meget trætte. Da jeg forlod, kendte hver pige mit navn. Nick troede, at det var hysterisk, og var meget travlt, da alle sagde ‘Bye Christine’, da vi forlod.
Jeg kunne købe en helt ny garderobe til turen til fantastiske priser. Jeg tilbragte $ 250 i alt på Ann Taylor Loft. Jeg kan ikke anbefale denne cardigan sweater nok, jeg elskede trøjen så meget jeg købte 2! Det er udsolgt i fløde, men fås i alle størrelser i blåt. Køb det, bedste køb af 2019 hidtil!
Jeg købte også to par Ann Taylor Loft Curvy jeans størrelse 27, vidunderlige jeans til en brøkdel af prisen!
We went to Joshua Tree for the first time! It is a fabulous park, perfect for an overnight trip, weekend getaway, or a stop on the way to Vegas. It only takes one day to see the entire park. You have to experience a Joshua Tree sunset. We took a wine bottle, a cigar, wine glasses and enjoyed the sunset on a large rock. I want to go back and do yoga in the silence…the silence is amazing! Nick said it best “Joshua Tree is where silence becomes a sound.” I couldn’t agree more.
Vi gik til Joshua Tree for første gang! Det er en fabelagtig park, perfekt til en overnatningstur, weekendferie eller et stop på vej til Vegas. Det tager kun en dag at se hele parken. Du har oplevelsen af Joshua Tree solnedgang. Vi tog en vinflaske, en cigar, vinglas og nød solnedgangen på en stor sten. Jeg vil gerne gå tilbage og gøre yoga i stilheden … stilheden er fantastisk! Nick sagde det bedste “Joshua Tree er, hvor stilhed bliver en lyd.” Jeg kunne ikke være mere enig.
The outfit is head-to-toe Ann Taylor Loft. I was so grateful to go on a shopping spree at Ann Taylor during their January sale. For $250, I got an entire capsule collection! The boots I’m wearing are a pair of UGG’s I bought years ago. What a great purchase because white boots are in this season and the boots match perfectly with this sweater.
I love the cardigan sweater so much that I bought two!
Hallmark Channel does it again! ‘Valentine in the Vineyard’ is the perfect movie for Valentine’s day. Nick was so wonderful, he sat down and watched the whole movie with me. I had tears in my eyes at the end…as usual. I thought it was one of the better Hallmark movie’s I’ve seen for several reasons:
- A healthy message about marriage — Just get married, it’s not about the ‘perfect timing’ or having the ‘perfect day’
- Weddings are stressful (tell me about it!) and stuff happens the night before the wedding that can lead to a panic
- Great acting- I laughed out loud so many times!
- Yeah, sometimes we feel competitive with other couples. We all want to prove that ‘our’ relationship is the best relationship LOL!
I don’t recommend watching a Hallmark Movie with your manly-man on Valentine’s Day, as he will not be happy. But maybe sneak it in over the next few days to get into the romantic spirit of the holiday.
Nick and I went up to Big Bear Mountain the other week for two days of skiing. I am too much of a scaredy-cat to ski, so I just sat in the lodge and enjoyed hot chocolate, apple cider, and these really great fried chicken tenders! (Yes, I am going to lose weight!) We took a few snaps, because well…That’s what we do!
The sweater I am wearing comes from Ann Taylor Loft and is available here. I was lucky enough to get it 60% off early in January. Great sweater (although I need to lose weight! Hey just gotta remind myself.)
My wedding photos from the official church wedding from this summer never made it to this blog. I had some real issues seeing a double chin in all of the church photos, even after hitting the gym hard for 3 months (not enough time!) Now…several months later…the weight is still there and getting worse.
It’s so upsetting that the first signs of ‘Middle Age Spread’ hit me right on my wedding day. Yet another reason why I tell young girls to stop fooling around and get married! That white dress is meant for a 23 year old, not a 36 year old! Still, better late than never.
But I’m not giving up…I still took vacation photos at Snow Canyon up in Utah, and I’m going to post them. A famous Japanese facialist said that as you get older you will start looking in the mirror less and less (and stop taking photos)…she said that is a bad idea. Instead, you need to look in the mirror more and tackle the signs of aging head on. So that’s what I’m doing.
I admit that my undoing has been my diet…For this I will blame Nick 🙂 as being happily married has come with a lot of romantic, wonderful dinners. I have never eaten better in my life! We were at Gatwick airport on Monday (stopover) and ate at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant where I had calamari and a caeser salad. I eat like a Queen! Our homemade meals are just as wonderful…organic lamb and horseradish sauce with mashed potatoes…then desert…
The worst part of gaining weight has been my thickening Neck. I always had a thick neck…but now I have a disgustingly awful thick Neck and Double Chin. That shit has to go.
So I wondered…why did I work hard in school all those years…sacrifice my time and happiness for good grades…yet now…I don’t put that much effort into my own health, appearance, and body?
Food was always a way to deal with the sacrifice and discipline of hard work. I never looked at Food as Hard Work. That has to change.
So I have three plans to tackle this problem and ensure that my ‘Middle Age’ is one of pride and attractiveness.
Plan 1: Hiking….I already work out but I think Hiking needs to be added
Plan 2: Grade my eating habits…Food is Like Studying…What I put in my body is a Test…I will get a grade at the end of the week based upon my hard work and discipline
Plan 3: I’m going to do something fun, and chronicle it on my blog along with a healthy dose of Vanity! (A bit of vanity will encourage you to be your best.) I’m going to pick a celebrity and eat like them for as long as I have recipes to keep me entertained. My first celebrity will be Lori Loughlin…then I want to hit up Jennifer Lopez (my fave!), Meghan Markle, Lorna Jane, Candice Cameron Bure, Kate Middleton, Princess Letizia (the royals really are in the best shape aren’t they?), and many more! It will add a bit of ‘celebrity fun’ to my diet. Furthermore, I may even have blog posts where I attempt to copy each one’s style. Stay tuned!